ES  Lacunza IH San Sebastián

12 Colloquial expressions with colours

WHITE

1.  Quedarse en blanco = Not knowing what to say
En el examen me quedé en blanco y no supe qué poner
During the exam my mind went blank and I didn't know what to write.
 
2.  Ir de punta en blanco = to be very smartly dressed or dressed up
Mi compañero de trabajo siempre viene de punta en blanco a la oficina
My co-worker always comes to the office dressed to the nines.
 
3. Pasar la noche en blanco = no sleep all night long
Esta noche he tenido dolor de tripa y he pasado la noche en blanco
Tonight I had a sleepless night because of a tummy ache.
 
4. Estar sin blanca = running out of money
No puedo salir este fin de semana porque estoy sin blanca.
I can't go out this weekend because I'm broke.

GREEN

5. Poner verde a alguien = to shade someone when they are not in front of you.
María le pone verde a su compañero. No le cae nada bien.
María badmouthed his new colleague. She doesn't like him at all.
 
6. Estar verde = to be inexperienced
El chico que ha empezado a trabajar con nosotros esta un poco verde, tiene que aprender mucho.
The guy who has started working with us is a bit green, he has to learn a lot.
 

PURPLE

7. Ponerse morado = to eat a lot
El sábado tuve una boda y me puse morado
On Saturday I had a wedding and I ate a lot.

RED

8. Ponerse rojo = to be embarrassed 
El profesor me preguntó algo que no sabía y me puse rojo
The teacher asked me something I didn't know and I turned red.

BLUE

9. Ser mi príncipe azul = to be your ideal boy
Ese chico de mi clase es mi príncipe azul
This boy in my class is my Prince Charming.

BLACK

10.  Ver todo negro= being pessimistic or having a negative attitude
Juan siempre ve todo negro, es muy pesimista
John always sees everything black, he is very pessimistic.
 
11. Ponerse negro= to get very angry
Me pongo negro cuando no me escuchas.
I get furious when you don't listen to me.

ROSA

12. Ver todo de color de rosa =To be very optimistic or not to give importance to problems.
Ana se acaba de enamorar y ve todo de color de rosa
Ana has just fallen in love and sees everything in pink.